His Holiness specifies pressing problems of the Orthodox Church in Tajikistan

“Relations between the Church and the state in Tajikistan are characterized by stability, mutual respect and a smooth-running cooperation in solving many important problems,” His Holiness Patriarch Kirill noted in his report at the Bishops’ Council-2017. “The state authorities on the territory of the Diocese of Dushanbe many time helped with the construction of church buildings, with charity actions, with the implementation of cultural and educational programmes, and other important initiatives,” the Primate of the Russian Church noted.

Russian Council of Bishops opens with moleben before relics of St. Tikhon, transferred to Christ the Savior for the event

Russian Council of Bishops opens with moleben before relics of St. Tikhon, transferred to Christ the Savior for the event
Russian Council of Bishops opens with moleben before relics of St. Tikhon, transferred to Christ the Savior for the event
Russian Council of Bishops opens with moleben before relics of St. Tikhon, transferred to Christ the Savior for the event
Russian Council of Bishops opens with moleben before relics of St. Tikhon, transferred to Christ the Savior for the event

The Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church began their work today in the Hall of Church Councils in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral. The council’s program includes centenary celebrations of the restoration of the patriarchate to the Russian Church and the enthronement of St. Tikhon as the first new patriarch, which occurred on December 4, 1917 in the Kremlin’s Dormition Cathedral.

In this vein, the hierarchs’ work began with prayer before the relics of the great St. Tikhon of Moscow which were transferred from Donskoy Monastery to Christ the Savior Cathedral specifically for the council, reports patriarchia.ru.

Before the start of the morning’s Divine Liturgy, a new reliquary for the honorable relics of the Holy Hierarch Tikhon, made especially for the centenary celebrations, was placed in the center of Christ the Savior Cathedral. The reliquary had previously been blessed by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill at Donsky Monastery on November 18, the centenary of St. Tikhon’s election as patriarch.

Following the Divine Liturgy, the meeting of the honorable relics of St. Tikhon, transferred from Moscow’s Donskoy Monastery, was celebrated, his coffin being borne by several bishops and placed into the new reliquary.

Ecumenical Patriarch celebrates the Divine Liturgy in Istanbul

Ecumenical Patriarch celebrates the Divine Liturgy in Istanbul
Ecumenical Patriarch celebrates the Divine Liturgy in Istanbul
Ecumenical Patriarch celebrates the Divine Liturgy in Istanbul
Ecumenical Patriarch celebrates the Divine Liturgy in Istanbul

On Tuesday, November 21, 2017, His All-Holiness concelebrated the Divine Liturgy on the feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple. In addition to the faithful flock of pilgrims in attendance at the Community of Stavrodromion’s Cathedral, were numerous Hierarchs of the Ecumenical Throne, His Excellency Evangelos Sekeris, Consul General of the Hellenic Republic to Istanbul, as well as teachers and students from the Zappeion and Zografeion High Schools in the City.

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk leads celebrations on patronal feast of the Moscow Representation of the Church of Jerusalem

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk leads celebrations on patronal feast of the Moscow Representation of the Church of Jerusalem
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk leads celebrations on patronal feast of the Moscow Representation of the Church of Jerusalem
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk leads celebrations on patronal feast of the Moscow Representation of the Church of Jerusalem
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk leads celebrations on patronal feast of the Moscow Representation of the Church of Jerusalem

On 27 November 2017, commemoration day of the Holy Apostle Philip, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Representation of the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem in Moscow – the Church of the Holy Resurrection in Filippovsky side-street. Since one of the church’s side-altars was consecrated in the name of the Holy Apostle Philip, its patronal feast is celebrated on this day.

North Ossetia to restore worship in Ossetian language

In preparation for the celebration of the 1100th anniversary of the Baptism of Alania in southern Russia, just north of the border of Georgia, in 2022, the Vladikavkaz Diocese is preparing a complete system of Divine services in the Ossetian language. As Bishop Leonid of Vladikavkaz and Alania reports to TASS, by that time will be translated the foundational liturgical texts and Church hymns.

“For the celebration of the jubilee in 2022, a whole range of measures will be implemented, affecting all spheres of ecclesiastical and culture life, including the restoration and preservation of historical monuments, social projects, and the recreation of the complete system of Divine services in the Ossetian language. The language, history, and culture of the Alan-Ossetians, direct descendants of the Scythian-Sarmatian civilization and one of the most ancient Christian peoples, have attracted and continue to attract the attention of specialists of many countries,” the bishop said.